The Prophet Acknowledges1 Woe is me! For I am
Like the fruit pickers, like the a grape gatherers.
There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
Or a b first-ripe fig which ▼
▼ Lit my soulI crave.
2 The ▼
▼ Or loyalgodly person has e perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for f bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a g net.
3 Concerning evil, both hands do it h well.
The prince asks, also the judge, for a i bribe,
And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
So they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a j briar,
The most upright like a k thorn hedge.
The day when you post your watchmen,
Your l punishment will come.
Then their m confusion will occur.
5 Do not n trust in a neighbor;
Do not have confidence in a friend.
From her who lies in your bosom
▼ Lit openings of your mouthyour lips.
6 For p son treats father contemptuously,
Daughter rises up against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
q A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
God Is the Source of Salvation and Light7 But as for me, I will r watch expectantly for the Lord;
I will s wait for the God of my salvation.
My t God will hear me.
8 u Do not rejoice over me, O v my enemy.
Though I fall I will w rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a x light for me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He y pleads my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the z light,
And I will see His ▼
▼ I.e. right dealing, ab righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will see,
And shame will cover her who ac said to me,
“Where is the Lord your God?”
My eyes will look on her;
▼ Lit NowAt that time she will ▼
▼ Lit become a trampled placebe af trampled down
Like mire of the streets.
11 It will be a day for ag building your walls.
On that day will your boundary be extended.
12 It will be a day when ▼
▼ Lit hethey will ai come to you
From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
From Egypt even to the ▼
▼ Lit RiverEuphrates,
Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.
13 And the earth will become ak desolate because of her inhabitants,
On account of the al fruit of their deeds.
14 am Shepherd Your people with Your an scepter,
The flock of Your ▼
▼ Or inheritancepossession
Which dwells by itself in the woodland,
In the midst of ▼
▼ Or Carmela fruitful field.
Let them feed in aq Bashan and Gilead
ar As in the days of old.
15 “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt,
I will show ▼
▼ Lit him, at you miracles.”
16 Nations au will see and be ashamed
Of all their might.
They will av put their hand on their mouth,
Their ears will be deaf.
17 They will aw lick the dust like a serpent,
Like ax reptiles of the earth.
They will come ay trembling out of their ▼
▼ Lit fastnessesfortresses;
To the Lord our God they will come in ba dread
And they will be afraid before You.
18 Who is a God like You, who bb pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the bc remnant of His ▼
▼ Or inheritancepossession?
He does not be retain His anger forever,
Because He bf delights in ▼
▼ Or lovingkindnessunchanging love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
bh He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will bi cast all ▼
▼ Several ancient versions read ourtheir sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give ▼
▼ Or faithfulness, bl truth to Jacob
▼ Or lovingkindnessunchanging love to Abraham,
Which You bn swore to our forefathers
From the days of old.
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